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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Report: Apple and BMW started talking about an iCar collaboration last year - Macworld->


Macworld

Report: Apple and BMW started talking about an iCar collaboration last year
Macworld
Tim Cook and company have shown interest in how BMW manufactures its i3 electric car, but want to go at it alone. Oscar Raymundo | @oscarraymundo. Staff Writer, Macworld. Jul 31, 2015 4:18 PM; e-mail; print. The Apple Car is taking another lap on the...
INSIGHT-Apple, BMW in courtship with an eye on car collaborationReuters
Why BMW is paying some car owners $1000Fortune
Apple, BMW in courtship with an eye on car collaborationReuters Canada
The Verge-Apple Insider-Carscoops (blog)
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Globalstar GPS network (allegedly) vulnerable to hackers - SlashGear->


SlashGear

Globalstar GPS network (allegedly) vulnerable to hackers
SlashGear
Researcher Colby Moore will be presenting findings related to a security issue with the Globalstar satellite network at Black Hat in Las Vegas next week. The researcher found that devices using the Globalstar network reportedly can be fed false data or ...
Security researcher: Globalstar GPS at risk of hackersEngadget
This $1000 Device Lets Hackers Hijack Satellite CommunicationsMotherboard
Globalstar tracking system 'open to attack'BBC News
Slate Magazine (blog)-Reuters
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and wife are expecting a daughter - San Jose Mercury News->


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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and wife are expecting a daughter
San Jose Mercury News
PALO ALTO -- In an unusually candid public post Friday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed how tough his path to fatherhood has been in an announcement about his wife's pregnancy. The 31-year-old tech mogul wrote on Facebook that his wife,...
It's incredibly difficult to stop the Internet from knowing you're pregnantWashington Post
Mark Zuckerberg's baby announcement tinges Facebook with blueLos Angeles Times
More Men Need to Talk About MiscarriageTIME
New York Times (blog)-CNNMoney-Vancouver Sun
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Feed Techdirt: Freedom Of The Press Foundation Sues DOJ Over Its Secret Rules For Spying On Journalists->

The wonderful Freedom of the Press Foundation is now suing the US Justice Department for refusing to reveal its rules and procedures for spying on journalists. You can read the complaint here. The key issue: what rules and oversight exist for the DOJ when it comes to spying on journalists. As you may recall, a few years ago, it came out that the DOJ had been using some fairly sneaky tricks to spy on journalists, including falsely telling a court that reporter James Rosen was a "co-conspirator" in order to get access to his emails and phone records. In response to a lot of criticism, the DOJ agreed to "revise" its rules for when it snoops on journalists.

However, there was an important limitation on the "new" rules, as the NY Times noted at the time:

There is no change to how the F.B.I. may obtain reporters’ calling records via “national security letters,” which are exempt from the regular guidelines. A Justice spokesman said the device is 'subject to an extensive oversight regime.'
Extensive oversight regime, eh? The Freedom of the Press Foundation sought to find out just what kind of extensive oversight there really was -- and came up against a brick wall in the form of black redaction ink: That's from the DOJ's Inspector General report, concerning a situation where the FBI had used an NSL to access a journalist's communications inappropriately. As the Freedom of the Press Foundation notes, elsewhere in that same report, it appears that the FBI is actually ignoring recommendations of the Inspector General concerning these situations, despite the "First Amendment interests implicated." As the Foundation notes, the redactions here make the details entirely opaque, and the Inspector General's Office has made it clear that it disagreed with the redactions, saying that revealing the information behind that black ink "is important to the public's understanding of the FBI's compliance with NSL requirements." Given that the Foundation is now suing to find out those details. The lawsuit specifically requests that the DOJ reveal those documents in their entirety, which includes the "extensive regime, rules, guidelines, or infrastructure that oversees the issuance of NSLs or exigent letters to obtain records regarding a member of the media" as well as "the current procedures that FBI agents must undertake in advance of issuing a NSL or exigent letter to obtain records regarding any member of the media."

I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the DOJ will reply, hysterically, that revealing this kind of information will put national security at risk and could reveal important law enforcement gathering techniques that will aid those out to harm us or some such crap. Perhaps they'll even toss in a request to dump the entire case for reasons of "national security." Just recognize that this is all busllshit. The request here is not for any details that are going to help any criminals get away with anything. All it is asking for is what process the FBI uses to make sure that it's not violating the First Amendment in spying on journalists. If that's something that needs to be kept secret, there can be only one reason: because the FBI is embarrassed by what it's doing in spying on journalists.

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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Biz Break: New Apple TV said to be coming in September - San Jose Mercury News->


Telegraph.co.uk

Biz Break: New Apple TV said to be coming in September
San Jose Mercury News
Today: Apple will update its set-top box soon, according to a Buzzfeed report, but its long-rumored streaming TV service is still likely months away from launching. Also, social media stocks take a beating, and Netflix and Pandora show some Friday pop.
Next Apple TV version in September: ReportToronto Sun
Touch panel suppliers step up shipments for new iPhoneDigitimes

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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Nvidia recalls some Shield tablets due to battery fire fears - Reuters->


Reuters

Nvidia recalls some Shield tablets due to battery fire fears
Reuters
Nvidia Corp said it was recalling some of its Shield 8-inch tablets in the United States as the battery in these devices can overheat, posing a fire hazard. The Android-based tablet, which has a price tag of $300-$400, is targeted at gaming enthusiasts ...
These tablets are being recalled because of a fire hazardFortune
Shield 'fire hazard' recall is another hurdle for Nvidia's game-streaming strategyVentureBeat

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Feed Techdirt: Judge Curious If Malibu Media Is Seeding Its Own Files And Engaged In Copyright Misuse->

It appears that a judge has begun to get a little more curious about copyright troll giant Malibu Media and how it goes about finding "infringers" to shakedown with settlement agreements. In the past, evidence showed that other similar copyright trolls like Prenda, were engaged in seeding their own content, which would make the file authorized, and thus the shakedown letters a form of "copyright misuse." There have long been rumors that Malibu Media, perhaps in association with the infamous "international men of mystery" running the behind-the-scenes operation out of Germany, may be seeding their own files as well.

Now, as Raul points out, it appears that at least one judge is willing to allow discovery on this point in one of the cases, involving Malibu Media against Matt Guastaferro in a Virginia court, and to examine if Malibu Media has "unclean hands" as a result of this:

In this case, Defendant has alleged that Plaintiff's claims are barred by the [unclean hands] doctrine "as Plaintiff's use of its copyrights violates public policy." ... Such an allegation does not appear to trigger the doctrine because it says nothing of how Malibu Media "encouraged, invited, aided, compounded, or fraudulently induced" Defendant's allegedly wrongful conduct.... Defendant's response to this motion, however, sets forth factual averments that do appear to support his invocation of the doctrine. For instance, he assets that "IPP or another agent of Malibu Media is responsible for initially seeding some of Malibu's content onto BitTorrent in the first place and for facilitating infringing downloads by BitTorrent users" in an attempt "to extract exorbitant sums from individuals for alleged copyright infringement."...

Malibu Media has moved to strike this defense on the basis that he has "not sufficiently alleged copyright misuse." ... In support thereof, he relies upon a recent decision of this Court, in which it granted Malibu Media's motion to strike "because Plaintiff cannot have unclean hands if Defendant did not sufficiently plead copyright misuse." .... The Court respectfully disagrees with this conclusion and considers the defense one that is better suited for resolution following discovery. Indeed, the Fourth Circuit did not premise its decision barring the copyright infringement claim pursuant to the doctrine of unclean hands on an associated defense of copyright misuse.... Thus, the pleading requirement that Plaintiff urges here does not appear to exist.

Accordingly, because Plaintiff is on notice of Defendant's allegations that it "seeded" some of its content onto BitTorrent for the purpose of extracting settlements in the numerous copyright infringement suits that it has filed, the Court will decline to strike this defense as well.
This may not lead to anything, but it's fairly amazing that courts haven't been digging that deeply into Malibu Media's practices in similar cases.

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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Philae finds organic molecules - The Daily Star->


TIME

Philae finds organic molecules
The Daily Star
In this Nov. 13, 2014 image taken by the Comet Visible Infrared and Analyzer (CIVA), a panoramic camera system, and released by the German space agency DLR on Thursday, July 30, 2015 shows the landing site Abydos on the day after the Philae lander...
Precursors of Life Found on a CometTIME
Philae Lander Discovers 'Frozen Primordial Soup' On Comet 67PImmortal News
Primordial soup of compounds found on cometKTXS
National Post-Times Gazette
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Scientists Want Ban on Salamander Imports to US Due to Deadly Fungus - NBCNews.com->


NBCNews.com

Scientists Want Ban on Salamander Imports to US Due to Deadly Fungus
NBCNews.com
Each year, thousands of live salamanders arrive in shipments on U.S. shores, a trade that must stop immediately, scientists say. According to new research, a ban on salamander imports is crucial to stopping the spread of a deadly fungus that kills ...
Salamander Fungus Could Devastate U.S. Amphibians If Urgent Action Is Not TakenHeadlines & Global News
Salamander fungus threatens all due to pet trade in USASlashGear
Worried Scientists: Stop Salamander Imports NowNewser
Times Gazette-Discovery News-Nature World News
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Feed Google News Sci Tech: Full Review: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata keeps the fun alive despite the changing times - New York Daily News->


New York Daily News

Full Review: 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata keeps the fun alive despite the changing times
New York Daily News
Some might argue the car world is better than ever, and they'd have a point. Today's automobiles are faster, more efficient, smarter, and more capable than ever before. Compromises when buying a new vehicle are few and far between, and the gaps between...
2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata – Quick TestBusiness 2 Community
Mazda's 2016 MX-5 Miata: Driving the soul of a new machineChron.com
2016 Mazda CX-3 First Drive – Crossover style, Miata spiritSlashGear
Motor Authority-LeftLane News-CarBuzz
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